Sat 24 Sep 2016
Aspull welcomed top of the league and previously unbeaten Congleton to Woodshaw Park and put on an excellent performance to completely outplay their visitors and take over at the top of the league with a 100% record.
Congleton arrived full of confidence but did not bank on Aspull’s resolve warming up for an hour and half before the game did the visitors no favours. Whilst their opponents warmed up Aspull veteran Andy Hair arrived late from his welsh home after having to count his money and making sure he forgot his wallet, Robl was busy playing on the bouncy castle and trying to persuade the wife to let him out after the game, Jake was trimming his beard applying his hair gel and generally making himself pretty in a bid to keep up with Kie Ford, and Webby was in the mirror practicing his sledging, whilst Allan was gargling after suffering a career threatening sore throat. Bless him.
Just another pre match for Aspull.
Congleton took the early initiative from the kick off and subjected Aspull to 10 mins of sustained pressure but the Aspull defence was once again outstanding the visitors had several 5m scrums and most of the possession in the opening exchanges but could only manage a penalty for all their efforts 0:3
Aspull began to get a foothold in the game and some excellent work Liam West and Nathan Bennett set up the opportunity for the backs to attack they passed the ball wide for full back Kieron Ford to join the line and beat the defence to score in the corner to give Aspull the lead 5:3
With the forwards continually making holes in the Congleton defence the backs were given room to show their skills. the pack drove Congleton back from a lineout the ball was spun out and centre Rob Lowe came on a great angle to cut through the defence and score and excellent try converted by Kieron Ford. 12:3
The visitors were getting increasingly frustrated as they could not breach the Aspull defence Congleton had won their 1st 3 games easily and last week won by 80 points but they were no match for an Aspull team in this form.
Number 8 Liam West was leading the pack and making several breaks from the base of the scrum to give Aspull good field position his back row partner Nathan Bennett was having his best game of the season since converting from fullback to flanker. The Aspull pack continued to impress and a break by prop Hughie Bloor and involving hooker Michael Webb lead to winger Johnny Linekar scoring a try converted by Ford to give Aspull a 19:3 HT lead.
The visitors started the 2nd half strongly but with Aspull in this mood it didn't take long for them to extend their lead the forwards forced their way into the Congleton 22 the ball was shipped wide for Ford to score his 2nd try 24:3 followed by a penalty from ford which increased the lead 27:3
The Aspull backs were enjoying the spaces that were being created by the pack with stand off and captain Sam Kindred instrumental in several breaks one resulted in fullback Kieron Ford finishing off a great backs move to complete his hat trick ford converted 34:3
With the game won Aspull played with even more confidence and scored the try match when six players handled before hooker Michael Webb dove over under the post conv by ford 41:3
Aspull were not finished and from a break by Kindred from his own half he fed winger Jake Greenhalgh who raced in from 50m to complete an excellent Aspull display 46:3
Another excellent team performance from Aspull with the early defence key to the victory
Number 8 Liam West and flanker Nathan Bennett had outstanding games with scrum half Alex Kindred having his best game of the season but the Man of the match went to Fullback Kieron Ford for his hat trick and some outstanding defence.
Matti Walker may have found his future position as touch judge despite his comments of “Baz you’re a bastard, I don't know what I’m doing” I’m sure he enjoyed it really and next week Matti I’ve got you a flag.
Next week Aspull travel to Linley near Stoke-on-Trent
Jake has booked his spray tan and waxing for the big away trip, and we are drawing straws for who has to put up with Webby all that way in a car.
I have printed off a train timetable for Robl
It’s a coincidence Johnny Linekar is not available even though we are going near Birmingham, maybe he is banned from there like Damo is from Spain.
The contents of this report are not necessarily correct and maybe slightly untrue, anyone wishing to dispute anything that is written please write your complaints on the back of a £20 note place it in an envelope and address it to Baz the JUDGE Bailey, who will consider all queries before telling you he is always right and spending the money at the bar.